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I love these headphones. They aare so much better then the stock headphones that come with the ipod. The only problem with these headphones are that it takes some time to get time in the right position to get the b est bass responce. after the 2 min that it takes you to find "the spot" in your ear, you really can hear the difference.

Posted by dave on January 31, 2004 at 6:33 PM (PDT) Comment 61

i think you guys are all big fargen pussys. All this moning and groaning over in-ear headphones, how to get the best bass, blah blah blah.... Some of the people in hear have spent over 200 dollars on 5 different sets of headphones. Here's my advice: buy a set of stupid headphones, and if you dont like em, tuff. Quit whining how they have "tinny" sound quality, or, OMG, they fall out of your ears!

Buy the way, what the **** does tinny mean? A mix between thin and tiny?

Posted by ahhhshit__zu on February 1, 2004 at 11:51 AM (PDT) Comment 62

okay, after the many many negative comments, i bought them anyway, mainly cos they look good i guess wink

my first experience was, yes, lots of treble, no bass at all (compare it with turning bass all the way down and treble all way down). right ear piece kept felling out...

then i remembered the posts here, where someone said push em as far in yar ear as possible, n trying all sizes. so i did, pushed it real hard in my ears. not perfect, but better. sound was okay, earpiece stayed in place.

since i still wasn't satisfied, i just started to move the pieces around in my ear, twisting and turning to see if i could get it deeper. and yes, now it fits perfectly, and the sound is as full as i ever heard it on headphones.

beats anything i ever heard (k i haven't ever tried the expensive ones, but as someone mentioned here before, we're listening to mp3s...), so great buds! congratz to apple if u ask me

Posted by sickb0y on February 2, 2004 at 2:14 AM (PDT) Comment 63

There is no sound good enougth to make up for the horrible design of the SONY EX71.. What's with that chord desgin ?

Posted by bob on February 2, 2004 at 7:23 AM (PDT) Comment 64

The worst earphones i have ever used. It's so sad that something could look so damn nice and work so bad.

Posted by David on February 3, 2004 at 5:20 AM (PDT) Comment 65

Not sure if someone has already mentioned this further up the post - but try wearing the apple in ear buds upside down (with the wire going over the top of your ear). I found that gives a good seal and they don't work loose when you walk around

Posted by Steve on February 3, 2004 at 5:45 AM (PDT) Comment 66

I agree, bob. They suck. So do the Apple ear buds. Buy the Etymotic ER-6s. They're worth the $99.

Posted by rdlink on February 4, 2004 at 8:49 PM (PDT) Comment 67

I just got a pair and I reckon they are top notch. 10 on 10. The sound is far better and I've had no problems with slipping out...er...the headphones...from my ears.

Posted by Iggy on February 5, 2004 at 4:40 AM (PDT) Comment 68

Mine died (muffled sound) after 30 days. I never thought they sonded that well. tried to get $$ refund from Apple but only thig I got was a cost-free replacement. Anyone want to buy them?

Posted by ec on February 8, 2004 at 6:56 AM (PDT) Comment 69

If the Sony MDR-EX71SL didn't have the "remote friendly" cable, I woulda definately been getting one.

If you don't use the remote (which I don't), you can either have the options of using the 0.5m cable (too short) or attach the 1.0m extention so that the cord is 1.5m long (too big).

The happy medium was when you could buy (now no longer available) the Sony MDR-EX70's in white which had a 1.0m cord without extention of any sort.

Anyone know where that is available? Tried eBay but to no avail...

Posted by Rish on February 8, 2004 at 9:31 AM (PDT) Comment 70

If the Sony MDR-EX71SL didn't have the "remote friendly" cable, I woulda definately been getting one.

If you don't use the remote (which I don't), you can either have the options of using the 0.5m cable (too short) or attach the 1.0m extention so that the cord is 1.5m long (too big).

The happy medium was when you could buy (now no longer available) the Sony MDR-EX70's in white which had a 1.0m cord without extention of any sort.

Anyone know where that is available? Tried eBay but to no avail...

Posted by Rish on February 8, 2004 at 9:35 AM (PDT) Comment 71

i am thinking of getting the shure e2. do u recomend? i can get them for 53 new (about $80) is this a good price

Posted by MBV on February 8, 2004 at 1:16 PM (PDT) Comment 72

What's the noise cancelling effect like with the Apple/Sony/Etymotics. I want some headphones to replace the original iPod buds that will seal out external noise for long bus/car/plane trips. Do big, over the ear cans provide better noise cancelling if you have good ones? I'd like to know people's thoughts.

Posted by Nuke666 on February 8, 2004 at 11:36 PM (PDT) Comment 73

Honestly, I don't know what others are talking about, but after paying 40 for a pair of these headphones, I really felt ripped off.
The sound is so flat. No bass whatsoever. For me, the original buds are much much better.

Since I won't be able to get my money back from where I bought them, I'll be sending them back anyways. I'm not using them and if I don't get my money back, it won't make much of a difference. The shop can use them on display in the window or something.
I'm not mad at the shop or the people working there. They are nice. It's just the quality of the thing that Apple made, is bad

Posted by twum on February 9, 2004 at 3:14 AM (PDT) Comment 74

I have used the in-ears for a number of weeks and they fit fine now and don't slip out, even while jogging or on the bike (like they did initially).

They still need a to be adjusted to get the sound just right. They do cancel noise well. I have to take more care while cycling with these bad boys in.

Those who find the bass weak; try re-postion them. I have found this helps.

I think the bass is well balanced. There seems to be a preoccupation with bass. Most of these frequencies are felt with the body, something that will not be reproduced by speakers of such small size and power.

Posted by Cker on February 9, 2004 at 3:16 AM (PDT) Comment 75

Hey Zax...where in Chicago did you try out the Shure e3c's? Thanks!

Posted by Casual73 on February 9, 2004 at 10:55 AM (PDT) Comment 76

What is the length of the cord like? I find the cord of the buds that came with my iPod to be waaay too long - especially when using the remote.
I was thinking of getting some sony headphones because I know some models have a short cord and an extension cord connection thing.

As far as sound quality goes - it really depends on your hearing, your ears, and the format of your music files. What sounds good on your computer will not necessarily sound good through headphones. Play around with the EQ settings in iTunes, and on the iPod and see if that helps.

Posted by katharine on February 10, 2004 at 10:04 AM (PDT) Comment 77

What is the length of the cord like? I find the cord of the buds that came with my iPod to be waaay too long - especially when using the remote.
I was thinking of getting some sony headphones because I know some models have a short cord and an extension cord connection thing.

As far as sound quality goes - it really depends on your hearing, your ears, and the format of your music files. What sounds good on your computer will not necessarily sound good through headphones. Play around with the EQ settings in iTunes, and on the iPod and see if that helps.

Posted by katharine on February 10, 2004 at 10:04 AM (PDT) Comment 78

The Sony short cord is great for putting the iPod in a shirt pocket and having the cord go around the back of the neck works great. Keeps anything from dangling. I only use the extension cord at my desk or on a plane.

Posted by Bob Snow on February 11, 2004 at 8:45 AM (PDT) Comment 79

OK....so earlier I was quite angry about the new In Ear headphones and I was almost going to bring them back. But after reading all the posts here, I thought I'd give them another try and here's my experience, at least to get the full sound from these things. Just pushing them in your ear is not quite enough. Re-positioning helps, but not always.

1) To put the left one in, use your left hand to put it in like you normally would.
Then reach for your ear with your left hand and pull your ear back. In much the same way as a doctor would pull your ear during an ear examination.
Then with your right index finger, push the bud a bit more inside your ear.
2) For the right ear, do the same thing, but then the other way around. Left becomes right and right becomes left.

The only drawback with this is that the earphones sit so good, that when you walk, you hear your footsteps in your ear and all the bass that comes with it......hahahaha, we wanted more bass right? But if you're in the train or bus or just sitting down somewhere, then it's just fine.

Well, hope this helps.

Posted by twum on February 11, 2004 at 10:45 PM (PDT) Comment 80

Does anyone know about the Bang and Olufsen earphones ( I think it is the model A8)....they sounded great oin the store demo but they are very expensive..$160

Posted by Howard on February 16, 2004 at 5:34 AM (PDT) Comment 81

Bought these (among others) but keep coming back to the original set. I wear them upside-down, facing forward and looped over my ears. Haven't found ANY small earphones that sound better when I use the Ipod set this way. Unfortunately, it's takes this type of maneuvering to get good sound.

Posted by Dre F. on February 16, 2004 at 9:43 AM (PDT) Comment 82

I bought a pair of Etymotic ER-6s a couple of weeks ago and they do sound great. If you want big, completely unnatural bass with 'some' noise isolation then go for 'can' headphones and look like be a wanabe DJ. But if you want to sit on the subway/train/plane and actually hear recordings as they were originally intended, you can't go wrong with the ER-6s.

The noise isolation is excellent and the bass is tight and not boomy. Listening to Eminem on the subway, for example, and hearing every detail just gives his lyrics so much more energy. With normal earbuds you just don't hear this unless you're in a perfectly quiet environment, and even then it's not as good.

High quality in-ear earphones are the way forward my friends - they sound great, you cut background noise (much more than 'noise cancelling' earphones) and they fit in any pocket. But please note, I'm not putting these new Apple earphones in this category, as they don't actually go fully inside the ear canal.

BTW: the person who said they didn't get any bass from the ER-6s either didn't have a proper seal (VERY important), or is used to very unnatural, boomy bass. Think about it - do you think there was that much bass coming out of the reference speakers in the recording studio?

Posted by crofty on February 17, 2004 at 3:23 AM (PDT) Comment 83

didn't someone make some headphone covers that go over the stock apple earphones and convert them to in-the-ear earphones? sounds like the best of both worlds.

Posted by Jeff on February 17, 2004 at 9:01 PM (PDT) Comment 84

I hope the people complaining about suck sound from the Apple buds are taking the time to play with them -- I initially hated mine, but after I turned them upside down and then into my ear canals, I was extremely happy.

By the way, the Sony A44L's are good phones for jogging duties -- on a band over your head so they don't fall out. Pretty good sound, too, and only $25.

Posted by Piranhahaha on February 18, 2004 at 7:49 AM (PDT) Comment 85
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